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General Sherman used this house as his headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah, Georgia during the Civil War.

On this day in the Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman and his army leave Atlanta to begin the famous march to the sea. The 62,000 man army will live off the land throughout the march. Prior to the march Sherman says, “I can make this march, and make Georgia howl.”

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General William T. Sherman

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On this day in the Civil War, Federal General William T. Sherman and Confederate General John B. Hood enter into a 10 day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians from Atlanta.

A citizen’s committee presents Sherman with a formal protest of this policy of removal. Sherman replies, “You might as well appeal against the thunderstorm, as against these terrible hardships of war.”

Over the next 10 days, 446 families leave the city.atlanta2

Drawing of Atlanta’s citizens obtaining passes to evacuate the city

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On this day in the Civil War, Union troops under General David Hunter defeat Confederate forces at the Battle of Piedmont, Virginia.

The Confederates suffer 1,600 casualties including 1,000 prisoners.

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General David Hunter

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On this day in the Civil War, Federal troops under General Sigel are defeated by Confederates led by General Breckinridge at the Battle of New Market, Virginia. Some of the Confederate soldiers are cadets from the Virginia Military Institute. VMI was the school where General “Stonewall” Jackson taught prior to the outbreak of the war.

On this day in the Civil War, Horace Greeley writes in the New York Tribune, “Our own conviction is…that it is advisable for the Union party to nominate for president some other among its able and true men than Mr. Lincoln.”

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President Abraham Lincoln

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On this day in the Civil War, after the bloody battle of the Wilderness, Federal General U.S. Grant plans to flank the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederate army is led by General Robert E. Lee.

In conferring with one of his officers, General Lee states: “General Grant is not going to retreat. He will move his army to Spotsylvania…I am so sure of his next move that I have already made arrangements to march by the shortest practicable route, so that we may meet him there.”

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General Robert E. Lee

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